Holocaust Memorial Day 2022
Today, we commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.
One Day we put aside and come together to remember, learn about the past, empathise with others, and take action for a better future.
One Day for Holocaust Memorial Day.
Today, we remember all the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution of other groups and those killed in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur in the hope that there may be One Day in the future with no genocide.
We learn more about the past, empathise with others today, and take action for a better future.
Holocaust Memorial Day is for everyone. Together we bear witness for those who endured genocide and honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition.
Read Eva Clarke’s story here.
One Day in history.
On 27 January 1945, Soviet soldiers liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and extermination camp.
As Soviet forces approached the camp, the Nazis killed several thousand prisoners and began evacuating others from the camps, forcing them to go on gruelling death marches.
Approximately 1.1 million men, women and children were murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and over 90% of them were Jewish.
Read Kitty Hart-Moxon’s story here.
One Day when life changed.
One Day at a time.
It may be hard to pick out just One Day, as for many, to keep going through each and every day was a huge struggle, with no end in sight and no glimmer of hope that the next day would be any better.
This is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
The genocide in Rwanda lasted 100 days, beginning after the Presidents plane was shot down on 6 April 1994. The genocide followed decades of tensions between Hutus and Tutsis.
Beatha Uwazaninka recalls how, having watched fellow Tutsis around her being murdered, and on many occasions thinking she was going to be murdered, ‘every one of those hundred days was dangerous’.
Read Beatha Uwazaninka’s story here.
One Day in the future.
Those targeted and persecuted held out for the One Day in the future when all their suffering would be over, hoping they would ‘all see the day of liberation (Elie Wiesel, Night).
When we look ahead to ‘one day with no genocide’, what do we need to do today to achieve this? We can use this theme to motivate us to speak out when we see injustices, prejudices and identity-based violence.
On Holocaust Memorial Day, we learn from genocide for a purpose – to build a better future.
Read Elie Wiesel’s story here.